Just tell us your story.


While our selection process is designed to identify leadership potential, our leadership development program is designed to cultivate it. Wilson Leaders will have access to the following:

  • Mentors
  • Networking opportunities
  • A home in which they can work, study, and spend time
  • Access to senior Canadian leaders in their field of interest
  • Leadership conferences
  • Skill development workshops
  • 1-on-1 coaching
  • Support in their pursuit of unique summer work placements


Eligible applicants to the Wilson Leadership Scholar Award are Canadian citizens with at least an 8.0 cumulative average and who expect to graduate from their first undergraduate degree at McMaster University in the spring of 2020. They are full-time students, or part-time students registered with Student Accessibility Services and whose part-time status is directly related to their disability.


Applications for the 2018 Selection Process are now closed. The initial application materials were submitted by email to wilsonleader@mcmaster.ca by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 4, 2018. A complete initial application is comprised of a personal statement and a reference letter.

"I've always been a strong, hardworking student, but my grades would not put me in a position to receive academic awards. This one was different: it wasn’t necessarily looking for a student with perfect grades, but for leadership potential, and I felt like that was me. I knew that if I had the chance, this opportunity could change my life."
— Andrew Richards, Wilson Leader (2016–2018)